From LA Weekly….
David Bearman, M.D., is a member of theAmerican Academy of Cannabinoid Medicineand was medical director for 14 years at the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority, now called CenCal Health, in Goleta. He’s been practicing for 42 years, currently performs pain management and thinks marijuana, like any pharmaceutical drug, should be considered a therapeutic option.
Bearman says he seethes when he thinks about the harm caused by absurd marijuana laws and attitudes, specifically to the rights promised in the Constitution. He thinks Proposition 19 would solve many ills.
“Should 19 prevail in lawsuits that are sure to follow, we’ll have a new day, because drug laws have been used in a policy of fear. Implementation of 19 will pull back the curtains on the fearmongers who use fear as a mechanism to infringe on our constitutional rights. Because of a politics of fear, we have ceded our constitutional rights and privileges to the police. People are afraid. My favorite bumper sticker reads, ‘I love my country. It’s my government I fear.’
“While Proposition 19 is not perfect, people should vote for it because enough is enough in terms of crumbling the Constitution and putting people in jail for something that’s innocuous.Thomas Jefferson said, ‘If people let government decide which food and medicine to take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls of those who live under tyranny.’ ”